I came across the Vitamin C Foundation and your forum, and have some questions regarding lipoprotein (a).
I am 54 years old and for the last 15 years now, and I have been made aware that I have high lipo a. My most recent blood work indicated that it is still high: 256 nmol/L The rest of my cholesterol panel looks pretty good……total: 195, triglycerides: 56, HDL: 63, VLDL: 11, LDL: 121 (too high)
My husband (59) also had some blood work done, and we found out that he, too, has high lipo a: 272 nmol/L total: 186, triglycerides: 89, HDL: 44, VLDL: 18, LDL: 124
Our doctor, who is more holistic, suggested we take 5,000mg of Vitamin C; 3,000mg of L-Lysine; work up to 1,500mg of Niacin (nicotinic acid) and 325mg aspirin. We really don’t like the aspirin or niacin….stomach upset and flushing, ugh!
SO, we just ordered the Cardio-C and All-C from Intelligent Vitamin C.
In addition to those 2 products, can you please advise as to what else we should be taking?
And also, what is the best diet for lowering lipoprotein (a) …..I’ve heard nothing really helps, because it’s genetic. I am also personally trying to lose 20 extra pounds! (I am 5’9” and weigh 165 pounds)
I really appreciate your help and input! Thank you so much for all you are doing to help so many people! You are what this health industry REALLY needs!
As far as the weight loss - you might peruse this topic http://www.vitaminc.foundation/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13338
I don't think the aspirin recommendation is warranted, but any risk is somewhat mitigated because you are also taking vitamin C.
I like the niacin very much, and you can find the no-flush versions. (There are many ways Niacin can help you and the book NIACIN: THE REAL STORY by Hoffer and Saul is an education.)
I wanted to post this because your exceptionally elevated Lp(a) numbers make no sense given your other relatively normal cholesterol numbers.
First, what laboratory?
Second, what are the ranges? I am used to 90 nmol/l being "normal".
Third, see if you can tell from the report whether the values of Lp(a) are measured or "computed."
Lp(a) is a subset of LDL cholesterol. You and your husband's LDL is around 120 mg/dl. The nmol/l is supposed to be a measure of particles (rather than mass) and it would mean you have an exceptional number of small (thus dangerous) particles of Lp(a). I simply don't believe it. Do you or your husband have any symptoms of heart disease?
Lets assume the test is measured, accurate, and you and your husband have this queer genetic anomaly together, then the best thing to do is exactly what you are doing - taking high doses of the Lp(a) inhibitors lysine, vitamin C and proline.
As far as other supplements, take a look at the formula for Tower Ascorsine-9. When that had Vitamin K, I believe it had almost everything I would recommend. Turns out a good vitamin E is critical. Magnesium very important. And carnitine is supposed to lower Lp(a) according to Life Extension.